43 days in Peru Itinerary

43 days in Peru Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Lima
— 10 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Huascaran National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Trujillo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Arequipa
— 7 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Cusco
— 11 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: New York City

10
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Huaca Pucllana and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Visit San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) and Caral Peru for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Lima hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

3
nights
Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Step out of Huascaran National Park with an excursion to Mirador Punta Olimpica in Carhuaz--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Huascaran. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Alpamayo and make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Huascaran National Park visit site.

Fly from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Trujillo.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirador Punta Olimpica, Plaza Mayor de Chacas
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Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Alpamayo ©
Alpamayo
Mirador Punta Olimpica ©
Mirador Punta Olimpica

6
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Chan Chan and La Huaca del Sol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Site Museum and Casa Orbegoso. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), and see the interesting displays at Chan Chan Site Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Trujillo trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Huascaran National Park to Trujillo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Trujillo can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Huanchaco, La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

7
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Visit Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Trujillo to Arequipa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 47°F in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

11
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Qorikancha and Plaza de Armas. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Moray (in Maras), Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, &more) and Pisac (in Pisac). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Tipon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning site.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in July since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Maras, Piquillacta, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. When in Machu Picchu, make a side trip to see Zipline in Santa Teresa, approximately Santa Teresa away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu journey tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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